24 in intensive care, first COVID-19 case in Watonwan Co; deaths rise

(St. Paul, MN) – COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise again, as another southern Minnesota county confirms its first positive case of the virus.

The Minnesota Department of Health reported a tenth death Monday, as the number of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 climbs to 576, an increase of 73 since the previous day.

As of Monday, 56 people are hospitalized, up 17 since Sunday.  Twenty-four patients are in intensive care.

Watonwan County has its first positive case of the virus, and Martin County cases continue to grow, with a total of 23 positive cases in the county.  Le Sueur County also saw an uptick, and now reports 13 cases of COVID-19.

There were no cases reported in Brown County in Monday’s data, but Martin Luther College in New Ulm announced its president had tested positive for the virus and was receiving emergency treatment.

Minnesota’s first known case of COVID-19 was discovered March 6.  Since then, 92 people have required hospitalization for the disease, a viral respiratory illness that has never been found in people previously.  Many cases have mild or moderate illness and do not require a clinic visit or hospitalization.

MDH warns that the actual number of cases in  Minnesota aren’t reflected in the data, because not all COVID-19 cases are tested.

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